Starter Question


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
  • Sponsored Links
83goldwinger56
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm
Location: washington,ia
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I interstate

Starter Question

Postby 83goldwinger56 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:26 pm



new to site, my question is when I use a continuity tester on armature should I be getting a beep when 1 probe is held on one section and other probe is moved to each section? My ground brush was bad, I replaced both per excellent instructions on this site, tried to spin starter with good battery and all i get is a big spark. any ideas or thoughts are most welcome.



User avatar
virgilmobile
Posts: 7663
Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:39 pm
Location: Denham Springs,La.
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 I
Previously owned
78 GL1000
81 GL1100
82 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Starter Question

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:10 pm

OK,very basic here about how it works.
Power flows through the terminal into the outer windings(this creates a magnet).The power exits the windings at the plate that holds the insulated brush. The other brush is connected to ground.
Power goes through the brush into the spinning part and exits through the other brush to the case.

So if you only get a big spark,look closely at the connector post insulator and the connection at the insulated brush for a short to ground.
Using a ohm meter is OK for basic continuity but remember,even a good starter may only measure a couple of ohms to ground.

83goldwinger56
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm
Location: washington,ia
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I interstate

Re: Starter Question

Postby 83goldwinger56 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:27 pm

with armature out of starter,one probe on ground the other probe can be touched on the starter terminal and there in no beep

User avatar
virgilmobile
Posts: 7663
Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:39 pm
Location: Denham Springs,La.
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 I
Previously owned
78 GL1000
81 GL1100
82 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Starter Question

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:09 am

Thats' a good part.It means that the wiring is not shorted in the stator.There should be a short between pairs of the brush contact area.Pay close attention to the threaded post.Be sure it isn't twisted and shorting out the wire to the field coil.With the stator out The post should have no continuity to ground.Look at the pix.It's simplified but it is the basics.

83goldwinger56
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm
Location: washington,ia
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I interstate

Re: Starter Question

Postby 83goldwinger56 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:43 pm

i am going to try one more time to get it to spin and if it don't I will have my son get me one on Ebay. we had 2in. snow yesterday temp of 9 above this morning 44 this afternoon into 50s forecast for tommorrow. thank you for the help on this. the starter terminal looked to me like it was twisted and i have tried to make sure nothing is shorting out.

User avatar
RBGERSON
Posts: 2625
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:57 am
Location: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Motorcycle: 98 SE GL 1500
had every year from 75 to 83

Re: Starter Question

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:41 am

when you took the starter out you have broken the stud connection..if you didn't hold the lock nut stationary when you loosened the positive cable it may have been broken off.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

83goldwinger56
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm
Location: washington,ia
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I interstate

Re: Starter Question

Postby 83goldwinger56 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:38 pm

I checked that out,it did get twisted, but not to the point of breaking connection. I just tried it with car battery and jumper cables and it spun over so things are looking up at this point. I'm too tired to try to install it tonight.

User avatar
virgilmobile
Posts: 7663
Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:39 pm
Location: Denham Springs,La.
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 I
Previously owned
78 GL1000
81 GL1100
82 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Starter Question

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:12 pm

Good job. Don't get frustrated putting it back in. There's a few tricks.

83goldwinger56
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm
Location: washington,ia
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I interstate

Re: Starter Question

Postby 83goldwinger56 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:31 pm

went to work this morning and had to put a reman starter in the 04 freightliner with a mercedes engine before I could start garbage route so the wing should be a piece of cake. Thanks again for the help and encouragement to tackle this problem.

83goldwinger56
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm
Location: washington,ia
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I interstate

Re: Starter Question

Postby 83goldwinger56 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:59 pm

starter went in with no problems. got a new battery today and its on the charger. Does anyone have a black clutch lever they are willing to part with for my 83 interstate?

83goldwinger56
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm
Location: washington,ia
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I interstate

Re: Starter Question

Postby 83goldwinger56 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:09 pm

I got the bike started today, having a problem with right rear carb dripping gas on crankcase, i'm wondering if float is stuck?

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Starter Question

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:32 pm

83goldwinger56 wrote:I got the bike started today, having a problem with right rear carb dripping gas on crankcase, i'm wondering if float is stuck?


That's a pretty good indication, yeah. Give it a sharp rap with the handle of a screwdriver and see if it knocks it free.

83goldwinger56
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm
Location: washington,ia
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I interstate

Re: Starter Question

Postby 83goldwinger56 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:40 pm

I will try that, I put some fuel system cleaner in the tank already.

83goldwinger56
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm
Location: washington,ia
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I interstate

Re: Starter Question

Postby 83goldwinger56 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:51 pm

Just an update! The fuel leak was caused by the bowl drain plug, some how it was backed off the seat enough to let it drip. About all that is left to do is bleed the brakes. I will have to see if I can get my son to show me how to get a picture sent in.




Return to “GL1100 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest